Ola Dubh 1991 | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
harviestoun.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ola Dubh 1991 is the first in our annual Vintage Limited Edition Series (we only produced 20,000 bottles). It is aged exclusively in Highland Park casks from 1991.

Added by Francepants06 on 07-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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109
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
7.08%
 
 
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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Bottle No. 03675. Bottled April 2013.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, roasted malt, peat, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet smoke, cocoa, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice barrel aged and smoke qualities all around.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color - traces of red are visible near the bottom of glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high frothy beige head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked peat are present in the nose; these become a little stronger as the ever warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the nose and has lots of flavors of smoked peat from the whiskey barrel aging along with notes of charred oak. As the beer warms up, the flavors gain complexity.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation and faint hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is incredibly well balanced and has the perfect amount of flavors from the whiskey barrel aging that prominently stand out but don't overwhelm the beer. It also hides its alcohol exceptionally well.

Note: Bottle No. 927

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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter; bottle #06105, bottled in 4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, toffee, dark bread, oak, whiskey, leather, light tobacco, light peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, dark bread, toffee, oak, whiskey, leather, light tobacco, light peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, dark bread, toffee, oak, whiskey, leather, light peat smoke, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible old ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Bottle No. 09376

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces ti a large patch of medium thick film including some moderate sized bubbles and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of smoked peat, charred oak, and a lighter aroma of whiskey.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of roasted malts with a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of smoked peat, charred oak, and light flavors of scotch whiskey. Light amounts of bitterness that fades slowly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Pairs really nicely with chocolate, well balanced with very well hidden alcohol. Extremely well balanced and the whiskey barrel aging adds a lot to the beer without overwhelming the flavors. Really amazing.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Pours with a small khaki head that doesn't last.

Smell - Peaty scotch. Sweet caramel. Slight roast.

Taste - Peat. Oak. Sweet caramel and chocolate. Some roast blends with the sugars.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Sweet. Kinda heavy.

Overall - Not sure how well this distinguishes itself against the others, but it's good.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out in a black color with almost no head.

The aroma is huge of barrel character, more than many other beers I’ve tried. It’s smokey, oak, leather, tobacco, earthiness, vanilla.

The flavor follows with the woody and smokey notes from the aroma. There is not much sweetness, but instead more earthiness and dense bourbon notes. It’s quite a huge and boozy beer despite being 10.5%, or smaller than some other barrel aged beer options.

A lovely beer that really just show what whiskey barrels can do to a beer. Tons of complexity and huge flavors in this.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.16 ounce bottle, bottle #00678, April 13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like Scotch whisky, peat, dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some tobacco. It tastes like roasted malt, Scotch Whisky, peat, vanilla, dark fruit, wood chocolate and smoke. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty tasty brew, I liked it. It's pricey at $15.99 a bottle, but if you like Scotch Whisky barrel aged brews then you should definitely pick this one up. That and pretty much any Ola Dubh beer will be a good one!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours dark black, nearly opaque. A two finger tan head forms, and sticks around for a minute. The foam gently recedes to a ring with plenty of lace.
S: Oak, light smoke and peat. Big vanilla and milk chocolate aromas. Distinct peat and wood aromas lingering again. A heavenly malty aroma.
T: Again, big on the malty flavors, as one would expect from these series. A bit more roasted malts than the nose. Some coffee at first, then the wonderful barrel flavors. Oak, peat, big milk chocolate and vanilla. So well integrated, and I love it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Well carbonated, and silky smooth. Not overly viscous or resiny that is the downfall of many similarly weighted beers. A treat to drink. I love how simply amazing this is to sip on.

Like all the Ola Dubh's, just simply amazing. Still one of my favorite series around. The label says this is "cask strength" which is either really unique for a barrel aged beer, or a gimmick for the label. Either way, another great offering in this line.

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Ola Dubh 1991 from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.24 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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